Isabelline Shrike in Doñana!

Isabelline Shrike in Doñana!

  • 1 May, 2020
  • 119
The genus Lanius has 27 species widespread in Eurasia, Africa and North America. In Doñana and its surroundings, we can see two regular species, the Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) and the Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis).  During January 2020, a first winter Isabelline Shrike was found in El Rocío (Doñana National Park). The Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) breeds mainly in Mongolia and China. It is a migratory bird with its wintering grounds located in India,

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Top 10 Birds of Grazalema & Ronda Mountains

Top 10 Birds of Grazalema & Ronda Mountains

  • 20 April, 2020
  • 571
The Grazalema and Ronda Mountains are a complex of mountain ranges located in the north of the counties of Cádiz and Málaga. Most of this area is protected as a Natural Park, Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park in Málaga (20.163 ha) and Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in Cádiz (53.411 ha). The main habitats are steep rocky areas and Mediterranean scrubland and forest. We must highlight also the "Pinsapar"

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Summary of bird sightings in Doñana during 2019

Summary of bird sightings in Doñana during 2019

  • 9 January, 2020
  • 468
The year 2019 is gone and it’s time to take a look back to all we saw along the year during our tours to Doñana. It was a very dry year in Doñana, but that wasn’t a problem to see a long list of species (226). We can highlight this year, observations of Western Reef Heron, Lesser Flamingo, Richard’s Pipit and increasing observations of Pallid Harrier. Here is the complete

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Top 10 Birds of Sierra Norte of Seville

Top 10 Birds of Sierra Norte of Seville

  • 6 March, 2019
  • 922
Sierra Norte of Sevilla is part of Sierra Morena, the mountain range located in the north of Andalusia, from Jaén to Huelva. A part of this territory (177.500 hectares) is protected as Natural Park. Joining the neigbouring natural parks of Sierra Morena, they form the biggest protected area in all Europe. The main habitats are Mediterranean scrubland and forest. A big part of the former forest was converted to "Dehesas",

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Pallid Harrier in Doñana

Pallid Harrier in Doñana

  • 25 October, 2018
  • 362

The last 18th October we were lucky to saw one adult male Pallid Harrier in Northern Doñana. It was a short observation of the bird flying low and fast close to “la Escupidera” area. The following days we were unable to relocate the bird, so it probably continued its southward migration. The main nesting range of the Pallid Harrier is Eastern Europe and Asia, and the main winter quarters are

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Migration of soaring birds in the Strait of Gibraltar

Migration of soaring birds in the Strait of Gibraltar

  • 1 September, 2018
  • 1105
Throughout  Europe, we can find up to 38 species of diurnal raptors, and practically all of them are migratory, at least in part of their European range. Some of these migrations are short, but others involve movements of thousands of kilometers.  These movements require enormous energy consumption for birds, and they are competing for their survival. In order to minimize energy consumption, the diurnal raptors with bigger wing surface migrate

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Top 10 Birds of Doñana

Top 10 Birds of Doñana

  • 8 June, 2018
  • 997
More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the natural space of Doñana and its surroundings. This is the result of the great diversity of existing habitats: marshes, rivers and streams, pine and cork oak forests, scrublands, mobile and fossil dune beaches, rice fields and other crops.... With this diversity of birds it is difficult to highlight just 10 of them, but this is our personal selection among

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Hybrid Egret

Hybrid Egret

  • 30 April, 2018
  • 601

In late April we could watch several times an exemplar of egret with aberrant plumage in Northern Doñana, at Entremuros area (Seville). This bird shows grey feathers in diferent parts of their plumage. Nowadays, this egrets with partially grey plumages are considered hybrids involving Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and Western Reef Egret (Egretta gularis). The LittLe Egret is a heron really common in Doñana, distributed mainly along Europe, Asia and

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An unexpected visitor

An unexpected visitor

  • 31 March, 2018
  • 344

  The Red-thorated Pipit breeds in Arctic areas from Fennoscandia to the Bering Sea, and also in Western Alaska. It is a migratory species that has its main wintering grounds in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It can winter more sparsely in the north of these areas and also on the west coast of the United States and Baja California. In Spain it is mainly detected during their migration and

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